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Hudson Gorge

Saturday May 7, 2005
Kayak: Dan Beideck, John Pandolfo, Cheryl Robinson, Rod Wentworth, Simon Wiles
Open Canoe: Mike Fullerton
C1: Dave Stanely
Organizer: Rod Wentworth
Difficulty: advanced WW
Level: medium
Gauge (ft): 4.2

We enjoyed a very nice day, sunny and about 50 degrees, which was a bit of a surprise since the weather forecast prior to the weekend was not too good. We arrived at the put-in somewhat after 10 am, so that the release from Indian Pond had already started. Simon carried up to run the otter slide before we all headed down river. This was the weekend when slalom races were also being held in the section of the Hudson downstream from the gorge take-out and along the road. I don't know if that was the reason, but there were few kayaks on the river. There were rafts but not extreme numbers. The water was still cool but not arctic, and the cool spring weather had kept the black flies in check. There were a few around but they weren't yet ready to bite. The "bubble" from the Indian Pond release resulted in a peak on the Hudson River of 4.8 feet at the North Creek gage. By the time we got to Harris, we were behind the bubble and there were quite a few rocks showing. Everyone had a good time and there were no swimmers.

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